Colombia Needs a Pension Reform: Petro Junction Team

A new pension reform in Colombia becomes one of the proposals made by the joint team of the new government of the elected president, Gustavo Petro in the labor sector.

Flor Esther Salazar, coordinator of the labor sector splicing teamaffirmed that the different employment generation programs that are being developed in the country must also be evaluated with a ‘magnifying glass’, to verify their effectiveness in the long term.

“We believe that the pension reform is needed by the country, a long time ago, a consensus has been reached that a pension reform is needed and we believe that the government should seek the appropriate space for its presentation, seeking that people pensione, because we see that in Colombia people are not retiring,” he said.

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Among the main strategic recommendations defined by the splice team is to study possible reforms such as the legislative package for the labor sector, the repeal of Law 789 regarding the legal determination of the day and night shift, surcharges for work on Sundays and holidays, compensation for dismissal without just cause, among others.

Also in sight is the reform of different laws such as Law 100 of 1993, Law 797 of 2003 and Law 789 of 2002.

Likewise, the ratification of ILO Convention 102 on social security (minimum standard) and 190 on violence and harassment at work, and the adoption and adaptation of ILO recommendation 202 on social protection floors and new generation rights for work on digital platforms and remote work, waiting periods and protection mechanism for the unemployed (Law 1636 of 2013).

And one of the important points will be the work component, both paid and unpaid, for the National System of Care.

“What the junction team proposes is to start with some pilots, with contingency jobs organized and coordinated with the territorial entities and in those areas, where there are higher levels of unemployment, such as Chocó and Norte de Santander, become pilots for look at the effectiveness of this type of program,” he said.

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He stressed that the employment program for young men and women under 28 years of age should be reviewed and see how effective they are for the economy.

“It has to be checked that it is a well-audited program so that it generates employment for young people where permanence is guaranteed, because this program is being implemented where it is only taken into account that the company has generated employment without taking into account the time that these They should be,” he stressed.

He said that you also have to work on the labor formalization of Colombians.

“The informal issue is very critical of the country, what one observes in the outgoing government are few measures to deal with labor informality, but there is a lot of work to be done there that has to be tied to the policies of productive development and promotion of the productive activities of the country”, he pointed out.

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